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Pharmacy Aide
Pharmacy aides perform administrative duties in pharmacies. Aides often are clerks or cashiers who primarily answer telephones, handle money, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties.
The Job
Pharmacy aides may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Accurate recordkeeping is necessary to help avert dangerous drug interactions.
Work Environment
Pharmacy aides work in clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrie
College Majors
high school diploma
Minimum Qualifications
Most pharmacy aides are trained on the job. Employers prefer applicants with previous experience and strong customer service skills. Many pharmacy aides go on to become pharmacy technicians.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Strong customer service and communication skills are essential, as pharmacy aides frequently interact with patients, fellow employees, and other health-care professionals.
Quick Facts
  • Job opportunities are expected to be good for full-time and part-time work, especially for those with related work experience.
  • Many pharmacy aides work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • About 82 percent work in retail pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores, or mass retailers.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy aides were $9.66 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.47 and $11.62. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.69, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $14.26.
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